Tag: seasons

Finding Your Seasonal Sleep Rhythm

As we approach winter and the sun sets earlier and rises later, our circadian rhythm naturally changes as well.  In our modernized world, many of us are unaware and continue on the same schedule of bedtime and waking as we have all Summer, but our bodies and brains are still tuned into the changing rhythm. […]

by Emma Thake

7 ways to prep yourself and your family for back-to-school

Summer is winding down and fall is just around the corner. For so many people the beginning of the year feels like if falls around this time and that’s because school is almost back in session.  It’s a transitory season for many, whether you’re getting your kid ready for their first day being a third […]


5 tips on Fighting the End-of-Winter Blahs

It’s been a long, long winter. Spring may have technically sprung, but most of us aren’t feeling very excited about it with the continued cold and dreary weather. We all secretly wished for the unusually warm winter of last year, but Mother Nature was in a different mood and the lingering cold has followed a […]


Autumn and the art of letting go

In traditional Chinese medicine, autumn is linked to the metal element which is characterized by the color white, the lungs, and its paired organ the large intestine. To us and to others who feel the effects of seasonal changes, autumn is also linked to the emotions of grief and nostalgia. Autumn is the time when leaves fall […]


Nature’s rhythms: Today’s spring equinox and the traditional 5 elements.

 “Beneath the light, the river and hills are beautiful, The spring breeze bears the fragrance of flowers and grass. The mud has thawed, and swallows fly around. On the warm sand, mandarin ducks are sleeping.” -Du Fu (Classical Chinese Poet of the Tang Dynasty 712–770 AD) Spring has sprung, as they say, and today’s equinox […]


Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Wishing you a healthy and prosperous Year of the Dragon January 23rd marks the start of the Chinese New Year. It is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is known as the “Spring Festival” and it marks the end of the Winter season. Since the Chinese follow a Lunisolar calendar, […]


It’s apple picking time

I love the rhythms of the country and the way the passage of time is marked by the fruits and vegetables we grow and the foods weeat. I look forward to each crop from the early summer peas and beans to the autumn pumpkins and squashes. However, nothing generates more excitement in our house than […]